Author Archives: Mike Peel

Photographing historical books at the Royal Society

On the 19th June I was given the opportunity to take some photos for Wikipedia of historical books that are part of the Royal Society’s collection. They’ve all been uploaded onto Wikimedia Commons under a CC-0 license as the original … Continue reading

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What happens when you release photos on Wikimedia Commons?

The London Eye at night I started making my photographs available on Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons licence in 2006. Since then, I have uploaded over 3,500 photos to Commons, and I plan to upload many thousands more in … Continue reading

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Time for a new website!

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated this website – too long! So, welcome to the new version of my website. You might notice that I’ve switched from using MediaWiki to WordPress. Sadly, it seems that MediaWiki isn’t the … Continue reading

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Science Hack Day – co-author cloud, lookUP images from Wikipedia, and more

Right now, a really cool event is happening at the Guardian in London – Science Hack Day. The basic premise is: get a load of science geeks* together in the same room, give them food and internet access, and see … Continue reading

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Intelligent life: does it exist?

The Independent published an article yesterday about “Seti: The hunt for ET”, in the form of a bullet point list of 50 items. There are a lot of gems this article – it’s well worth reading (and then checking Wikipedia … Continue reading

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Planck and Herschel launched!

Planck and Herschel successfully launched today, after 21 and 25 years of development respectively! At Manchester, we had a launch party, with somewhere around 100 people packed into a room watching the live satellite feed. The event was twittered live, … Continue reading

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Talks at JENAM – STEREO

I have to confess, it’s been a while since I’ve actually sat down with a pen and paper during a lecture and taken down notes. I don’t normally need to – I hopefully absorb the important things, and the details … Continue reading

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JENAM

So… it’s probably about time I started using this blog properly. I’m currently at JENAM, which is a combination of the Royal Astronomical Society’s Annual General Meeting and the Joint European and National Astronomy Meeting. It’s based at The University … Continue reading

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Spherical Cows

There’s a classic joke in physics, which according to Wikipedia goes like this: Milk production at a dairy farm was low so the farmer wrote to the local university, asking help from academia. A multidisciplinary team of professors was assembled, … Continue reading

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Cold Tea Syndrome

Symptoms: Your cups of tea go cold before you finish drinking them. Possible causes: overwork, distractedness, or living in Siberia / the Antarctic / the Arctic etc. Solutions: Focus more on drinking tea, less on doing anything else at the … Continue reading

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